Updated: Oct 21
In any business and as professionals, we work in fields where we can inspire innovation in the workplace. We have the opportunity to creatively solve problems, influence processes, and meet the needs of our clients.
Companies may be their own worst enemy when it comes to new ideas, products and breakthroughs as innovation takes center stage in the workplace.
Some employees consider a company’s reputation for being innovative and forward-thinking as an important consideration when evaluating potential employers.
Here are some ways to help professionals think of ways to create a culture of innovation in the workplace:
Communicate and Collaborate
Engaging with clients and coworkers on an open level is one of the best ways to innovate. If you are a manager, schedule brainstorming sessions to bounce ideas off members of your team. Talk through challenges to other members of your team and always be available to your staff.
Communication and collaboration encourage us to work through ideas in new ways with different perspectives.
Play to Innovate
Play is a state of being. If your company creates a culture that gives employees permission to play, it is more apt to see high levels of creativity. When employees have the security to play, more creative risks will be taken. Play can mean exploring a new idea or collaborating on new solutions.
Unload the stress
A quiet mind can make room for creative thinking in business. Mindfulness is associated with stress management and can also help in unleashing creativity at work. Learn to fully focus. Managers can help encourage innovation by making sure their employees aren’t stretched too thin that their only sense of accomplishment is crossing off things on their to-do lists.
Get up and move
Today, the link between exercise and creativity has been firmly established. Some companies offer table tennis, pool tables and even arcade games for their employees to utilize. Some companies have mandatory times where employees are expected to get up out of their chairs and participate in 15-20 min stretches and exercises. Take a walk around the building or block, do some chair stretches, use your lunch hour to attend an exercise class.
Be aware, new ideas take time to develop. Be patient. Focus. Attain the support you need for your vision.
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